1963 Topps Football Cards

1963 Topps football card wrapperThere are 170 cards in the 1963 Topps football card set: eleven players and a team card for each of the fourteen NFL teams, plus two checklists. The cards were printed on standard 264-card sheets, so 94 of the cards were printed twice on each sheet. The other 76 cards are thus short prints. Check out the Gallery's 1963 Topps virtual uncut sheet page to see how uncut sheets of the cards were configured.

You can see pictures of a 1963 Topps 5-cent display box on the Legendary Auctions web site. Curiously, the Y.A. Tittle card pictured on the side of the display box does not look like an actual 1963 Topps card. It is sort of a cross between a 1962 Topps card and a 1963 Topps card.

Most of the cards in the 1963 Topps set can be found with either a purple sky or a blue sky. The purple- and blue-sky variations are not documented in the price guides. For details and lots of examples, see 1963 Topps Football Color Variations on the rbwoodenpuzzles.com web site.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1963 Topps set: Ray Nitschke, Larry Wilson, Deacon Jones, Bob Lilly, Willie Wood.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1963 Topps John Unitas 1963 Topps 1 John Unitas Baltimore Colts quarterback Louisville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979 PSA 4
1963 Topps Lenny Moore 1963 Topps 2 Lenny Moore Baltimore Colts halfback Penn State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975 exmt
1963 Topps Jimmy Orr 1963 Topps 3 Jimmy Orr Baltimore Colts end Georgia exmt
1963 Topps Raymond Berry 1963 Topps 4 Raymond Berry Baltimore Colts end SMU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973 nm
1963 Topps Jim Parker 1963 Topps 5 Jim Parker Baltimore Colts guard, tackle Ohio State Outland Trophy 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973, College Hall of Fame 1974 nm+
1963 Topps Alex Sandusky 1963 Topps 6 Alex Sandusky Baltimore Colts guard Clarion Teachers College nm
1963 Topps Dick Szymanski 1963 Topps 7 Dick Szymanski Baltimore Colts center Notre Dame Rookie card nm
1963 Topps Gino Marchetti 1963 Topps 8 Gino Marchetti Baltimore Colts defensive end San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972 PSA 8
1963 Topps Billy Ray Smith 1963 Topps 9 Billy Ray Smith Baltimore Colts tackle Arkansas Rookie card PSA 8, exmt
1963 Topps Bill Pellington 1963 Topps 10 Bill Pellington Baltimore Colts linebacker Rutgers PSA 8 oc, vg-ex
1963 Topps Bob Boyd 1963 Topps 11 Bob Boyd Baltimore Colts defensive back Oklahoma Rookie card ex
1963 Topps Baltimore Colts Team 1963 Topps 12 Baltimore Colts Team Baltimore Colts Short print
1963 Topps Frank Ryan 1963 Topps 13 Frank Ryan Cleveland Browns quarterback Rice Short print

Ryan is shown in number 18 on his 1963 Topps card, though he wore number 13 for the Browns. I believe this photo was taken just after he joined the team in 1962. See his 1962 Kahn's Wieners card for details.
1963 Topps Jim Brown 1963 Topps 14 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns fullback Syracuse Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, College Hall of Fame 1995, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Short print
1963 Topps Ray Renfro 1963 Topps 15 Ray Renfro Cleveland Browns halfback North Texas Short print ex
1963 Topps Rich Kreitling 1963 Topps 16 Rich Kreitling Cleveland Browns end Illinois Short print PSA 8
1963 Topps Mike McCormack 1963 Topps 17 Mike McCormack Cleveland Browns tackle Kansas Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Short print PSA 6, ex
1963 Topps Jim Ray Smith 1963 Topps 18 Jim Ray Smith Cleveland Browns guard Baylor College Hall of Fame 1987 Short print exmt
1963 Topps Lou Groza 1963 Topps 19 Lou Groza Cleveland Browns tackle, kicker Ohio State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Short print

Groza is a member of the NFL's 40-and-over club. He played until he was 43.
1963 Topps Bill Glass 1963 Topps 20 Bill Glass Cleveland Browns defensive end Baylor College Hall of Fame 1985 Short print ex
1963 Topps Galen Fiss 1963 Topps 21 Galen Fiss Cleveland Browns linebacker Kansas Short print ex
1963 Topps Don Fleming 1963 Topps 22 Don Fleming Cleveland Browns defensive back Florida Rookie card, short print nm mc
1963 Topps Bob Gain 1963 Topps 23 Bob Gain Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Kentucky Outland Trophy 1950, College Hall of Fame 1980 Short print
1963 Topps Cleveland Browns Team 1963 Topps 24 Cleveland Browns Team Cleveland Browns Short print

The Cleveland Browns team cards in the 1959-1963 Topps sets all picture the 1958 Browns team.
1963 Topps Milt Plum 1963 Topps 25 Milt Plum Detroit Lions quarterback Penn State nm oc